Library Policy Statements

Behavioral Expectations Collection Development Mission, Goals & Objectives


The Tamalpais Union High School District "is dedicated to the development of creative, passionate, and self-motivated learners." Its mission statement further states that students "will be offered meaningful experiences to enable them to access and critically analyze information, pose substantive questions, and communicate effectively." Thus the mission of the Library is two-fold -- to support the faculty in teaching students to think critically and independently and to provide a welcoming space for study, research, reflection, and the exchange of ideas. The Library staff considers it paramount that students learn habits of thinking that will enable them to make sound and informed decisions throughout their lives. An important part of this habit is the ability to locate, evaluate, and utilize appropriate information sources. It is the mission of the Library staff to teach students the research skills that will benefit them not only during their school years, but through their entire life. In other words, the mission of the Bessie Chin Library is to foster a supportive learning environment that ensures an appreciation of literature, information literacy and lifelong learning.



In order to service the library's community of patrons and achieve the goals enumerated above, the following objectives are established for the Library at Redwood High School: It is the responsibility of the school library media specialist to take the lead in translating the mission, goals, and objectives into programs that make effective access to information and ideas a reality. However, achievement of this mission at the school level also requires:

Behavioral Expectations

Users of the Bessie Chin Library are expected to:

Collection Development

Collection development is a universal process for libraries and information centers.

It is the process of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of a library's materials collection in terms of patron needs and community resources and attempting to correct existing weaknesses, if any. Collection development is the process of making certain the information needs of the people using the collection are met in a timely and economical manner, using information resources produced both inside and outside of the organization.

Collection development on the whole is an art, not a science. It is subjected to value judgments and is, at times, a highly personal process. The librarian must constantly keep in mind the purposes of the library in which he/she works, and the reason that the library exists: to serve the patrons of the library's community.

The librarian's value judgments must be kept secondary to what the community of patrons wants and demands. It is the community's values which are primary.

It may be stated then, that the framework of collection development is a framework of values. These values are the values of the community which the library/media center serves.

Collection development should be geared primarily to identified needs rather than to abstract standards of quality. In order to be effective, it must be responsive to the total community's needs, not just those of active users. Careful thought must be given to selection of materials which might attract non-users. Collection development, therefore, must be carried out with a very active knowledge of the community; be that community one of a school, a district, a university, or a city or town.

Collection development should be carried out with knowledge of and participation in cooperative programs at the local, regional, national and international levels. It should consider all information formats for inclusion in the collection.

It should be further stated that collection development is not something that one learns entirely in the classroom or from reading. As noted earlier, it is a process -- a dynamic process in which those who are active in collection development bring into play their experience and their knowledge -- knowledge both of subject and of community.

Collection development is a process which is constantly fine-tuned and altered to keep in step with the community and its needs: it ". . . is an exciting challenge which requires lifelong learning." In order to approach collection development in a systematic way, there is a need to minimize the variables in the collection development process. To this end policies and statements of intent, policies of selection, selection criteria, and evaluation procedure must be narrowed and committed to the written form. Just as there is a need for law to be codified and committed to writing in order for it to be a valid and common reference point, so too must collection policies of libraries be written. And, like "living law", collection development policies should breathe life: ever capable of change and growth.

The gathered collation of all the policies and statements of community, community needs, selection, acquisition, use, de-selection and evaluation becomes the library's Collection Development Policy.

It is this policy which guides future collection, selection, de-selection, and evaluation. The following is the Collection Development Policy Statement of the Bessie Chin Library, Redwood High School, Larkspur, California.

Being a "living document," one which is capable of change and one which is flexible enough to meet the changing needs of the community of patrons, this document is open to comment and suggestion for change. Such comments and suggestions are welcomed by the library staff and should be directed to the Library Media Teacher.


The following policies and statements of the American Library Association are hereby adopted for use at the Bessie Chin Library and are induded in the Library's Collection Development policy by reference.
These policies and documents constitute the foundations of this Library's philosophy and should be read in that context.
The following policies and statements of the American Library Association are hereby adopted:
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